“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan
In legal circles, a short acronym describes the art of legal thinking. It’s called IRAC. It’s short for Issues, Rule, Application, Conclusion. Lawyers use this “formula” to build a context for the characterization of a conclusion. When used, it runs something like this:
- The issue at hand is: Robbery.
- The rules regarding robbery are: it’s illegal and to prove “robbery” the following criteria must be satisfied….
- The application of the “rules” to facts would be… and
- Therefore, my conclusion is: this particular event was a “robbery”… under the rules of law.
(Just to be clear – I’m NOT a lawyer.) And, needless to say, most people do not think this way.